Moroccan Modern: Marrakech’s Riad Mena
Architecture & Interiors
Casablanca aside, Morocco without color is an anomaly. Reds, saffrons, and cobalt blues spring with abandon from labyrinthine alleyways and luxury hotels alike, presenting an endless stream of breathtakingly color-filled vignettes for traveling esthetes. Enter the anomaly: Riad Mena, a new 6-room hotel in the center of Marrakech, which blithely makes its trademark a judicious use of color.
Marrakech-based interior designer Romain Michel-Meniere has managed to turn the former private house into an elegantly modern—but still very Moroccan—hotel by applying a color scheme of whites and neutral shades alongside small, beautifully placed infusions of color. His inspired mixture of traditional North African crafts and Mid-Century furnishings keeps the ambience of Riad Mena appealingly local without descending into cliche, while offering diehard Modernists a chance to view classics like the Barcelona Chair and Saarinen Side Table in unexpected new light.
Theme-specific rooms include The Gysin, an homage to the Beat poet and artist Brion Gysin, and, our particular favorite, The Eileen Gray. Who says Modernism and exoticism make strange bedfellows?Via Wallpaper, Romain Michel-Meniere